Tom DeLay

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What does the settlement mean?

I have been thinking about this a little more. Diversified Collection acknowledges in its settlement with the District Attorney’s office that its $50,000 contribution to TRMPAC was based on "false and misleading information provided by the fund-raiser that solicited the contribution." That corroborates that someone – probably one of the three DeLay associates already under indictment – broke the law.

Breaking News: Indictment Dropped Against Company In Exchange For Cooperation!

The Houston Chronicle (registration required) reported that Travis County prosecutors have announced that charges against Diversified Collection Services, Inc., one of the eight companies indicted for making illegal political contributions to a PAC run by DeLay, have been dropped in exchange for their testimony against other defendants.

Vindictive

Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington -- a great group -- was threatened with contempt of Congress for helping Rep. Chris Bell (D-TX) draft and file the ethics complaint against Tom DeLay, according to the RAW STORY.

Reading the Tea Leaves

The Dallas Morning News (registration required) has a small item today about Gregg Cox, the prosecutor in the District Attorney's office who is handling the DeLay-related case involving corporate contributions in Texas. It appears that Cox was set to open up a new private practice as a criminal defense attorney in October. He had even take out an ad in the Yellow Pages.

That Special Politician

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Merry X-Mas Tom Delay!

Potential New Ethics Charges Against DeLay

Newsweek published an article entitled "DeLay: More Cash—And More Questions." It seems that DeLay, in addition to cramming his war chests full of cash, has been filling his legal defense fund with "donations" from lobbyists (which, according to Public Citizen, is another violation of the House ethics rules but DeLay's office has already promised to return those).

Free Book

Our petition to demand that Hastert schedule a recorded vote on the DeLay Rule is nearing 5,000 signatories. As of 7:20 this morning, we have 4,891 signers.

Can we get to 5,000 today? How about a little old-fashioned incentive:

More on DeLay and Prison Money

Per usual, American Progress Action Fund and its Progress Report has the lowdown on the CCA $100,000 gift to the foundation run by DeLay. Read it all here.

Updates: MT Rep. Rehberg & GA Rep. Gingrey

Rep. Denny Rehberg (R-MT) did not cast a vote on the DeLay Rule, according to the Billings Gazette today. His office had initially told constituents that he would not say how he voted -- a Refuser -- but today he cleared it up.

Irony just doesn’t begin to capture it

Okay, you’re Tom DeLay and you have pretty good reason to believe you’re under investigation for raising illegal corporate contributions. Three of your associates have been indicted for raising money for a state Political Action Committee modeled after your national PAC, and eight corporation have been indicted for giving the contributions. Lots of people have spilled a lot of ink on whether you will be indicted and, if so, when.